Congressional Budget Office: House bill to leave 14 million more uninsured by 2018


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Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill) speak at an event. The Illinois Democrats responded to an estimate that projects 14 million more people would become uninsured by next year under a proposed repeal bill.

Ryan Wangman, Assistant City Editor

Illinois Democrats sounded off on an estimate from the Congressional Budget Office that a projected 14 million Americans would lose health care by next year under the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

The CBO also estimated that by 2026, 23 million more people would be uninsured. U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) as well as U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) decried the measure on Twitter.

The bill narrowly passed in the House earlier this month, despite loud objections from Democrats who questioned voting on a measure before the CBO released its analysis.

Durbin said it was “no wonder” Republicans were scared to see the results of the CBO analysis. He said the repeal mainly served to give a tax cut to the wealthiest Americans.

“Trumpcare 2.0 will still force millions of Americans to lose their health insurance, raise premiums, and put critical health care services beyond the reach of hard-working families,” Durbin said in a statement on Twitter.

Duckworth said Illinois residents would see their premiums increase by nearly $700 under the new bill. She added that the bill would harm veterans and require older Americans to pay more.

Schakowsky said the bill will make it more difficult for people with pre-existing conditions to afford health care. She reminded her followers that this bill was celebrated by notable Republicans with “a party in the Rose Garden.”

“CBO report confirmed that after bringing Trumpcare back from the dead, the GOP produced a zombie bill that remains a disaster,” Schakowsky said in a tweet.

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